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‘My bad’: Stuart Robert blames MyGov crash on DoS attack

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‘My bad’: Stuart Robert blames MyGov crash on DoS attack

March 23, 2020

Robert claimed the myGov website crashed due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and not because of the large number of people who were unemployed due to Covid-19 and were trying to log into MyGov to register for Centrelink.

But later that afternoon in question time, Robert was forced to retract his statement, telling parliament that the alarms designed to detect and stop DDoS attacks were triggered due to the large volume of people trying to log in.

“This is the most pathetic excuse imaginable for the failure of the Morrison government to plan for an entirely foreseeable surge in user demand,” Labor MP Tim Watts tweeted.

Robert later said he’d prepared over the weekend for traffic on the site to increase from 6000 to 55,000 visits. “I didn’t think I’d have to prepare for 100,000 concurrent users,” Robert said.

“My bad for not realising the sheer scale of the decision on Sunday night by the national leaders that literally saw hundreds and hundreds of thousands, maybe a million people, unemployed overnight.”

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Conflicts of Interest

Redirecting funding to pet hobbies; offering jobs to the boys without a proper tender process; secretly bankrolling candidates in elections; taking up private sector jobs in apparent breach of parliament’s code of ethics, the list goes on.

Deceptive Conduct

Claiming that greenhouse gas emissions have gone down when the facts clearly show otherwise; breaking the law on responding to FoI requests; reneging on promised legislation; claiming credit for legislation that doesn’t exist; accepting donations that breach rules. You get the drift of what behaviour this category captures.

Election Rorts

In the months before the last election, the Government spent hundreds of millions of dollars of Australian taxpayers’ money on grants for sports, community safety, rural development programs and more. Many of these grants were disproportionally awarded to marginal seats, with limited oversight and even less accountability.

Dubious Travel Claims

Ministerial business that just happens to coincide with a grand final or a concert; electorate business that must be conducted in prime tourist locations, or at the same time as party fundraisers. All above board, maybe, but does it really pass the pub test? Or does it just reinforce the fact that politicians take the public for mugs?

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